Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Precious Gifts At Just The Right Moment & Update

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Hi everyone!!! :) :) :)  How was your day today? Mine was good. I had lots of calls today and with the exception of two customers who were not "happy" no matter what I did, my customers were especially nice today :) :) Oh, Here's the photo of a giveaway I won over at Prairie Flower Farm a couple of weeks ago :) :) Isn't it sweet? I really LOVE it!!!! Click here to pay Linda at Prairie Flower Farm a visit. She's a really sweet lady, who knows all kinds of wonderful farm and homemaking stuff....plus she LOVES Jesus Christ.

This gift came at exactly the right time....Why? God KNEW I would need some extra  love/encouragement in the form of a very sweet gift :) :) :) At first I was going to turn the guinea feathers into a project...but Linda packaged it so sweet...I'll leave it the way it is!!! It'll remind me of farm life, my sweet friend....and the love/encouragement of Jesus Christ she pours into everything she does...for her family and for others around her!!!

There's a peek at the sweet note that Linda wrote to me. I won't show all of it, because it's just for me :) :) :) I hope you understand...However, see that lovely purple Tazo tea bag? I'll enjoy a cup of that while I watch the elimination round of "Dancing with the Stars" on tv tonight!!!

Aren't the tags the cutest, too? Very sweet...and now I've got "pumpkin pie lattes" from The Human Bean on my mind....It's like the pumpkin pie in a coffee cup :) :) :) Yummy!!! That's just one of the things I love about Linda...all the attention to detail :) :)

Oh, I bet you are wondering what I meant about getting this gift at the time God knew I would need it most? Well, as most of you know, my dad and I have been going through some challenging times at work. My dad lost his job today...and that's all I can or will say about that. Needless to say, my dad is sad...however, he is also relieved!!!!   Continue to pray for him and myself, as I am now the only income earner in the family...for the time being..I'm NOT worried though....

I really do need a little calendar for my purse. This will be perfect!!!!! The one I currently use is too big for my purse...so this will be nice to have when I'm out and about or at work :) :)

The whole time I was  at my computer taking calls today at work...I was thinking of one thing only...well, actually TWO things...Number One: The joy of the LORD is my strength...a truth and a promise in my book :) :)...and Number Two: God will work this out!! He will watch over my tiny family. He is faithful and He ALWAYS keeps His promises..Okay...I guess that's more like five things...but that's alright :) :) So when I came home and I saw Linda's gift...this is just what I needed :) :) :) 

I immediately set to work photographing this special gift...and putting some Scripture to go along with it.  As I was searching, I found that the entire phrase "...the joy of the LORD is my strength"...is only found in one place...Nehemiah 8:10. For those of you sisters wiser in the faith, let me know if I'm wrong..but I even checked the Blue Letter Bible online...

Speaking of which, there's a website that's really great for looking up Bible verses, reading Scripture etc. It's called the Blue Letter Bible...It has all different English translations of the Bible...so you can look up a Scripture in one translation, and even have that translated into another English version. Click here to visit this really neat website.

I first heard about this from my father a couple of years ago. For a period of about a year, my father and I didn't have a car. So we literally had to walk EVERYWHERE, including the library...and I didn't want to carry my Bible with me, because it would get really heavy while walking. So I'd walk to the library and spend an hour on the computer just reading my Bible...and that was how I did part of my devotions for awhile. It's a bit unconventional...but at the time it worked and was a real ministry to me...

Oh...and while I was pontificating on why the "joy of the LORD is my strength" was only found in one spot in all of Scripture...my dad reminded me that all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching etc...and He reminded me that God's promises back then, are still promises today.

Then we started telling silly jokes...and I'll end with a funny...Bear with me...I'm going to take a little liberty here..

Question: Who was the second shortest person in the Bible?
Answer: Knee High Mia...(Nehemiah)

Question: Who was the first shortest person in the Bible?
Answer: Bildad the Shoe Height (Shuhite)  :) :)

Okay...I hope you enjoyed the humor. It's good clean fun :) :)  Thank you so much for praying for my dad and I....your continued prayers are always appreciated!!! That's the news from Oregon today. Extra love and hugs, Heather :)


Parsley said...

Glad you got a happy box. Always helps when we start to feel a little down.

I also like bible gateway for looking up scripture.


Pioneer Beauty said...

I agree..I don't think I could open up that Beautiful Jar myself..when it is Already a Piece of Beautiful Art...What a Blessing Heather to have recieved it just at the right time...I enjoyed reading your post... I too got my package the other day from Linda..and it was a treat...I have photos of it myself and meant to post it..but haven't transfered the pictures from my camera.. : ( Lazy is what that is called..

Have a restful night
In Christ

Annesphamily said...

Tell your dad prayers are covering him already. You too sweet friend of mine! I use gateway bible alot to search and match scripture but I will go to this site. Thank you. Your happy box came at the right time. God has excellent timing doesn't he? Perhaps Linda asked me ahead of time, she is the sweetest Christian lady ever! Love and hugs and much prayer! Anne

Flat Creek Farm said...

Heather, isn't Linda a blessing? I'll have a little special shout-out to her soon too. Gotta finish the interior of that chicken coop first though.. she helped me from afar with that project :) That jar is too adorable, and everything that goes with it. Blessings and prayers for you and your Dad. Things really and truly always work out for the best. Although it's sometimes hard to understand the 'why's' at first. Hugs to you both! -Tammy

Jill said...

What a lovely treat to receive! So many goodies!
I'm sorry to hear about your dad's job. I'll be keeping you both in my prayers. As you know God never gives us more then we can handle. Soon he will reveal his reasons.
Many blessings to you Heather!

Gee said...

Thanks for stopping by. What a beautiful jar. Thanks for sharing.

A Hopeful Heart said...

What a lovely gift from a dear friend. Aren't those "no reason", "Just to brighten your day" gifts the best?

Oh, the little riddles are cute!! You are right, good clean fun!!

I'm sorry about your dad losing his job. I will definitely be in prayer for him. Our family KNOWS those waters, and while God DID and DOES see his children through, they are definitely not fun times. My husband was out of work for 25 months, and he is also currently looking for work so that we can move back home. So, I know the difficulty of looking for a job and will be remembering your dear dad in my prayers.

Have a wonderful week, sweet friend.


agypsyangel said...

Thats great about your little box of goodies from a friend. The blogging friends are wonderful. I like that verse you shared. I go to biblegateway.com alot. Well, I will put you in my prayers and hopefully your dad will find a job soon.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Very sweet giveaway! Lucky you Heather!


Cindy Adkins said...

Oh, isn't this the most wonderful gift from Linda? I have one too!!! I won it from her and I just love it...she is SO sweet!!!
I have some exciting news here on this end...I opened up my etsy shop and am very excited...I couldn't wait to tell you!!

I hope that all is going great with you job...Sending hugs and blessings your way,


Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing your blessing with us all, Heather! I'll be praying for your father and for you - that you will continue to be faithful and fruitful at your job and that it will continue long into your future. I KNOW you will see God provide for your little family in many, many unexpected ways.

Have I asked you what your blog post font is? Is it one of the standard ones--or have you inserted something special? I LIKE it. That's why I ask :)

Camille said...

What a beautiful gift from Linda! She does everything so lovely, doesn't she? :)

I'm so glad it came to you on just that right day. :)

What a pretty feathers they are!

So sorry about your Dad's job. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the Scriptures and how all the promises are for today too. Wonderful isn't it?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Nancy Y said...

That was a beautiful gift you received! Sometimes things are packaged too pretty to open! It's so nice when you're having a bad day and then you find something special waiting for you, it's like a big hug when you need it the most! Have A Happy Weekend!
xoxo Nancy

Beth said...

I love your jar of feathers - so colorful. What a nice treat for you! I'm happy for you. I'm praying for your family. Your faith is inspiring, Heather. God bless you and keep you.
Hugs, Beth

Beth said...

What a fabulous package - I'm so happy you won the giveaway! It makes your heart sing! Your family is in my prayers.
God bless, Beth

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Heather,
I hope you had a good weekend!!! I just wanted to "pop" by and say "hi!"

Grandma Becky said...

Thanks for sharing your prize and your struggles. I'll be praying that your dad finds work. Glad you are working though. Thanks for the lightheartedness. We need to find joy and laughter when we are down. Remember that the Lord fills us with his unending love and extends his amazing grace. Rest in his promises. Hugs!

Karen said...

Hey Heather.. sorry it has been so long since I have been by to visit..but as you know, my computer has had a melt down.. it is some what working today, but who knows about tomorrow.. I need a new one,but w my hubby laid off at the moment,,its not one of those things at the top of the list..
but good to see you post again..
hope all is going well..
I will be back to visit as soon as i can..
God bless..

Vicki said...

Hello, Heather, my friend,
Your gift is perfect for you, sweet lady!! I love the jar, checked ribbon and guinea feathers. I would love to live on a farm with guineas!!! I am glad this sweet present has lifted you up. I am sorry for your father's job loss, but I feel for certain God has another more perfect one waiting for him. I appreciate and admire your positive attitude. It lifts me up to read your posts. God bless you~Sending lots of love your way! Vicki